In May of 1994, the first 40
hour experiential "Third-Party Neutral", CBCR training process was
designed and delivered in Ottawa, Canada, by RP Birt. It was attended by 16
people. Since then, tens of thousands of people from all walks of life,
cultures and age groups have participated in some form of that process. It
has been delivered in many languages and in many countries.
What is now called
Foundational Process ™, has had many different titles. The most
widely used title, Becoming a Third-Party Neutral (TPN l)©
, was originally licensed to the Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution
in 1996 as Version 2.0. They have successfully delivered the course and
trained trainers world wide. Many of those participants have gone on
to careers as practitioners and trainers.
Since 1994 there have been
changes and additions. TPN l is now in
6.0. Experience has been a good teacher for experiential
process. Lessons learned in the field have been constantly integrated into
the process design. Additions such as; Fundamental Conflict, Protocol and
Convention Processes, Legacy-Based Conflict Analysis, as well as new
characters for Alligatortown, have enriched the process.
Innovations have contributed to
the effectiveness of the Third-Party Neutral as a practitioner. Principled
Arbitration as a CBCR process and the application of "Field Process" as an
intervention process for communities in conflict, are examples that have
expanded the practitioner's "tool box".
Designs may vary and
applications are endless. Foundational Process™, called by any name, is
principle-based and values driven. Its effectiveness is most often measured
by the application of the principles and the commitment of Process Leaders
to model them.